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Edmund White

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Edmund Valentine White III is an American novelist, short-story writer and critic. He is a member of the faculty of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Edmund White recommends
The Hurry-Up Song (1995)
Clifford Chase
"I read this book straight through, hypnotized by its scrupulous sincerity."
What I Did Wrong (2006)
John Weir
"Extraordinary... among other things one of the best books about how ordinary folks live in New York now."
The Language of Houses (2014)
Alison Lurie
"Alison Lurie, in her lucid, jargon-free way, allows us to read what architecture is saying. She has culled the best ideas from a vast secondary literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind."
North Facing (2017)
Tony Peake
"This beautiful, moving novel is vast in how much it recounts and how deeply it makes us feel."
The Devoted (2018)
Blair Hurley
"Blair Hurley’s first novel is a sharp-eyed account of the psychological and sexual hold a spiritual ‘master’ can get on a lost young woman. What could have seemed like a fable in other hands, in Hurley’s is mordant and convincing. A spectacular debut!"
The Stranger Game (2018)
Peter Gadol
"Imagine a metaphysical thriller inspired by Patrick Modiano and illustrated by Giorgio Di Chirico and you’ll have an idea of this enigmatic novel, The Stranger Game."
A Luminous Republic (2020)
Andrés Barba
"One of the best books I’ve ever read . . . There is an air of magic, black and white, lingering around every page of this epic novel of 192 pages, like gun smoke after a shootout. I say ‘epic’ because it feels as full, as dense with duration, as if it were 1,000 pages long, but can be read in an evening . . . This is a book at once heavy and light, Caliban and Ariel, somber and comic. It will open your eyes."
Heaven and Earth (2020)
Paolo Giordano
"A perfect novel. Giordano is one of the handful of great writers working anywhere today."
The Bright Lands (2020)
John Fram
"The Bright Lands is Gothic and Faulknerian: smooth, original, haunting. And very sexy."
What Happens at Night (2020)
Peter Cameron
"This book is a masterpiece - reading it reminds me of the first time I read Kafka. A whole new vision is suddenly revealed: unique, unexpected, unforgettable. Get ready for a new adjective: Cameronesque."
A Country for Dying (2020)
Abdellah Taïa
"Abdellah Taïa dramatizes the reality of Zahira and Zannouba, Moroccan prostitutes in Paris, at sea in the stormy straits between the sexes and nationalities, estranged from their families but absorbed by their loves and fantasies; this is a cri de coeur and a cri de corps, heart and body crying in the lonely city."
Shelter in Place (2020)
David Leavitt
"Leavitt is a master stylist ... An important writer. He is the rarest of all birds - a man of letters."

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